As I journey deeper into my mind I seem to be allowing in ideas to better help you.
Each idea lead to recent changes on Blogging From Paradise.
Perhaps you noticed these changes.
But if you did not spot the important updates I can sum them up as:
Again guys; I made each update to better help you thrive as a blogger. My web developer Phillip Dews brought me each of the ideas as a suggestion. After listening to my intuition I agreed with him on making each change. If you have development or design needs, reach out to him. He’s a real pro who knows his stuff inside-out and is fabulous about keeping in touch with you.
1: Lightning Fast Loading Speed
Phill suggested getting Blogging From Paradise on http/3 & Quic. I agreed. He just wrapped up his work today.
The speed jump from http/2 to http/3 is remarkable. Everything loads virtually instantly. I love being able to publish posts and share my old posts knowing readers will be able to get their content immediately.
Blogging From Paradise was no speed slouch before. But now it is really fast.
2: No Follow Links for Commentors
Phill remarked about not being able to find blogger’s links since we had removed links from comments a while back.
After considering the pro’s and con’s of no links versus No Follow links for bloggers in the comments field, I told him to go ahead and give commentors the option to add No Follow links to comments. Of course, I instantly saw an increase in comments. Bloggers tend to drop more comments on blogs if the individuals get a No Follow link. In a way, this is free blog promotion for you.
But based on Phill’s observation I wanted to make it easier for finding blogs to comment on. Frankly, finding blogs for reading and commenting proves to be a big pain in the butt for most bloggers. Bloggers can now simply click through links via comments on Blogging From Paradise to:
- build relationships
- engage in genuine blogger outreach
Blogger outreach plays a strong role in becoming a professional blogger. Pro bloggers get connected by building relationships with bloggers in their niche. Simply scanning through the 4,000 plus comments published by bloggers on this blog gives you a rich source of bloggers to befriend.
eBook Store Embed on Sidebar
As noted a while back, I changed up my sidebar by adding a popular posts widget. I also added a Selz store embed on my sidebar for easier buying over the past week. Scrolling down to my eBook store and clicking a cover brings you to the checkout via a pop-up form. I intend to make it easy for you to get premium blogging resources quickly. Now you can access in-depth eBooks filled with practical blogging tips in 1 click.
Also, people tend to notice my eBooks if I notice my eBooks. Does that make sense? Making it easy for me to see the eBooks makes it easy for you to see the eBooks. Mirror effect.
Click this link to check out all Blogging From Paradise eBooks for sale:
I now send one email weekly on either Saturday or Sunday.
Some weeks I may send a text-only email. On other weeks I will send either a new blog post or updated old blog post.
I seem to have a love-despise relationship with list-building. My list has always been small but highly responsive. Pulling back seemed most helpful to my readers and also feels good to me, intuitively. List-building always felt heavy to me. But emailing weekly instantly felt like I released a leaden weight from my shoulders.
Note; I still publish daily posts but readers who want daily updates prefer to bookmark and visit my blog manually or put my blog in their Feedly. Use either strategy to keep current on a daily basis. Or simply stop by whenever it works for you. Either way, daily emails for a small list did not work for either you or me in terms of metrics but more importantly, on an intuitive level.
If you want to sign up for my weekly emails do so here: Sign Up for Emails
Why the Changes?
Journeying deeper into my mind recently revealed fears negatively influencing my blogging campaign. Letting go these fears allowed in these ideas, both through Phill and my intuition.
Speeding up the blog improves the UX. Adding No Follow links boosts engagement. Embedding the eBook store gives you easy access to premium resources. Emailing my list weekly allows everyone to see my emails. Plus email opens went from 1-4 per subscriber to 15 opens for some subscribers. You seem to be reading, re-reading and studying email content I publish weekly. Ultimately, following that strategy lets you put these tips into practice which provides you with the greatest blogging benefits.
Did you notice any of these updates?
Do you have any suggestions for me to better help our community?